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Poster: amsancho Date: Feb 12, 2011 11:12am
Forum: texts Subject: Libraries Conspiracy not to scan the book

I am looking for digital copy of the volume of 17th
century by OLE WORM. For this purpose I've sent requests to many libraries participating in the IA. I got very strange answers. As this one (from lib.uchicago.edu) I got today:

>>Dear Alexander,
>>
>>Thank you for your inquiry into our collections. Your >>request was forwarded to me for reply.
>>Because this volume has several other holding libraries, >>we are not able to scan it. Holding libraries include:
>>National and University Library of Iceland
>>Linkoping Stadsbibliothek (Sweden)
>>Public Records Office (UK)
>>University of Oxford (UK)
>>Elsewhere in the United States:
>>The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
>>Washington University, Missouri
>>Princeton University, New Jersey
>>University of Vermont, Vermont
>>Harvard University, Massachusetts
>>
>>With best wishes for your search,
>>Christine
>>Reader Services Manager
>>Special Collections Research Center

I don't know what to say. As I understand the libraries is in some sort of corporate conspiracy. Are they?

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Feb 12, 2011 12:18pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Libraries Conspiracy not to scan the book

Maybe UChicago has a policy of only scanning books which are not in other holding libraries ie. they'll do it if they must but otherwise would rather someone else pay for it.

Maybe check the Library of Congress. If there's a microfiche copy you can get a digital PDF copy for around $100 (depending on length of the book), delivered via email or FTP. I did that once for a rare book, only about 5 copies in the world, and it worked out well. I then uploaded it to Internet Archive and it's rare no more.

This post was modified by stbalbach on 2011-02-12 20:18:56